My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Suited For Success
A/N: (Dede42 strolls across the backyard with Sunrise Blossom and they both enter the writers studio. Dede42 goes to her computer and sits down.)
Dede42: (jumps up when there is a loud noise and finds a whoopee cushion on it) Where did that come from?
Sunrise Blossom: I have no idea and we both keep this place locked up tight when we're not here.
Rainbow Dash: (drops from the ceiling and giggles) Gotcha!
Dede42: Rainbow Dash, what's with the whoopee cushion?
Rainbow Dash: Just having some fun is all. (She holds out a hoof) No hard feelings right?
Dede42: Of course not. (She grabs the blue pegasus' hoof to shake and gets a electrical shock that leaves her hair standing on end) Yeow!
Sunrise Blossom: Rainbow!
Rainbow Dash (reveals the buzzer strapped to her hoof and rolls around the floor, laughing) Gotcha again!
Dede42: (glares at the blue pegasus) Rainbow Dash!
Rainbow Dash: Uh oh! (She flys out of the writers studio and Dede42 chases after her) It was a joke!
Dede42: Come back here!
Sunrise Blossom: (watches them outside the window and shakes her head as she looks at the camera) Looks like I'll have to post this for Dede42. Hopefully she won't hurt Rainbow Dash too badly.
Read, review, and enjoy!
Disclaimer: I don't own anything from My Little Pony: Magic is Friendship. I just own any and all characters that I just happen create.
CHAPTER ONE: THE ART OF THE DRESS
It was a beautiful day in Ponyville and Rarity was in her boutique, preparing to make her dress for the Grand Galloping Gala, and she had finished the drawing phase, which she was showing off to her cat, Opalescence, who was trying to nap on pink cloth that was covering one of the dress mannequins.
"Oh, Opalescence," she sighed, magically holding up the drawing so that her pet could see. "Can't you just picture it? Moi, stepping out in a stunning new gown at the Grand Galloping Gala in Canterlot!" She then set the drawing aside and magically wrapped the cloth around herself while her cat was knocked to the floor.
Meowing in annoyance, Opalescence went to find a new place for her nap while Rarity pranced around her sewing around. "Why, yes! I did make it myself," she said, pretending that she was at the Gala. "Thank you so much for asking." She then magically set the cloth next to her sewing machine, unknowingly yanking it out from under her cat, who let out a low growl of annoyance.
Misinterpreting the growl, Rarity magically set her cat on a counter and gave her a pincushion to hold in her mouth. "Oh, Opal, of course you can help me. Thank you," she said as she went to work on designing her dress and noted that her pet was still growling. "What's that? You want to help me more? Oh, aren't you the sweetest thing?" She magically gave her cat more to hold so that the poor thing was balancing on one paw. "Careful now. Don't move. This shouldn't take long at all."
Opalescence let out a muffled growl and was wishing she was somewhere else.
Sometime later, Rarity was hard at work on her dress when the door banged open and Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, and Sunrise Blossom entered. When they couldn't find the gray unicorn downstairs, they figured she was in her sewing room, and they had been right.
"Howdy, Rarity!" said Applejack cheerfully.
"Shh… Can't you see Rarity is trying to concentrate?" Twilight Sparkle whispered.
Applejack blinked and watched as their friend worked. "What do you think she's makin'?" she whispered back.
"Looks like a dress," Twilight Sparkle guessed.
"Well, that makes sense," Applejack agreed. "Since this is a dressmaker's shop and all."
Rarity, who'd been doing her best to tune them out, finally stopped her work and faced them "Is there something I can help you with?" she asked politely.
"Oh, so very sorry to trouble you, Rarity," Twilight Sparkle apologized, "but I need a quick favor." She pulled an orange/red dress out of her saddlebag and set it on the nearest table to reveal that one of the buttons on the front was close to falling off. "Could you please fix the button for me?" she requested. "It's my dress for the Grand Galloping Gala."
Rarity stared aghast at the dress, which was at least five years out of style and shook her head. "Oh, no, no, no! You can't wear this… old thing," she protested. "You need a glamorous new outfit for the Gala and I'll make it for you. No problem at all. It will be my pleasure!"
"Oh, that's really sweet of you to offer, Rarity, but I can't let you do that. It would be so much work," Twilight Sparkle politely declined. "This dress is fine."
'Here we go again,' Sunrise Blossom thought, repressing a chuckle since she knew from personal experience that there was no talking the fashion unicorn out of making you a new outfit when she set her mind to it. 'Before the week's out, we're all going to have new dresses to wear for the Grand Galloping Gala.'
Rarity fixed her friend with a stern look that was enhanced by the glasses she was wearing. "Twilight Sparkle. I insist on making you a new dress."
"But…" Twilight Sparkle began.
"Not another word!" said Rarity sharply. "I won't take no for an answer."
Twilight Sparkle sighed, realizing that there wasn't any way of avoiding getting a new dress. "Well, in that case… Thank you for your generosity, Rarity," she said politely. "Knowing your handiwork, I'm sure it will be absolutely beautiful."
Pleased, Rarity turned her attention to Applejack. "Let me guess, Applejack," she said sarcastically. "You don't want a new gown either."
"Gown?" Applejack repeated, mildly alarmed. "Shoot. I was just gonna wear my old work duds."
"You can't possibly be serious, Applejack!" Rarity protested. "You absolutely must wear formal attire."
Applejack thought about it for a moment and then shook her head. "Hm… Nah."
"What if I just spruce up your… duds for you a little bit?" Rarity offered, hoping that she could get her friend to wear something that was up to fashion standards.
"Okay, sure," Applejack agreed. "Why not? Since you're up for it and all. Just don't make them too… frou-frou-y."
"Deal!" said Rarity happily and she turned her attention to Sunrise Blossom. "I don't suppose you know what you'll be wearing to the Gala yet, Sunrise?"
Sunrise Blossom shook her head. "Not really, kinda been busy at the Apothecary lately," she admitted, which had been true after a minor breakout of colds swept through the fillies up at the school, and she'd spent the last two weeks making remedies with the help of Zecora.
"Well, in that case, I shall make a dress for you as well, Sunrise," said Rarity firmly. "And I won't take no for an answer."
"You won't get any protest from me, Rarity," Sunrise Blossom promised.
`"Look out below!"` shouted the voice of Rainbow Dash, and the ponies looked around in confusion before jumping out of the way as she came crashing through the skylight, bounced, and collided with several rolls of colorful fabric and five of the mannequins. Groaning, she poked her head out of the mess with fabric on her head, and smiled sheepishly. "Sorry. New trick. Didn't quite work," she apologized.
Instead of being angry, like she normally would be, Rarity was eying the blue pegasus and something clicked inside her mind. "Hmm…Idea!" she exclaimed. "I'll make you an outfit for the Gala too, Rainbow Dash."
Rainbow Dash blinked, confused. "Outfit for the what now?"
"I'll make one for you and you and all of you," Rarity announced excitedly. "Oh! And of course Pinkie and Fluttershy too. Oh, and when I'm done, we can hold our very own fashion show!" As she said this, she began to magically gathered up the fabric and tools she would need, setting them up on an empty counter.
"What a great idea!" said Twilight Sparkle, delighted. "If you're sure you can handle it."
"Oh, it'll be a little bit of work, but it will be a wonderful boost for my business," Rarity said confidently. "Plus, fun!"
"It'll be fun to be in a fashion show," Sunrise Blossom agreed, smiling.
"Oh, I love fun things!" Rainbow Dash exclaimed, pulling herself free of the mess.
"Then it's settled," said Rarity, pleased. "We'll have a fashion show starring us."
Applejack frowned, seeing one problem with the whole idea. "So all you have to do is make a different, stunning, original, amazing outfit for one, two, three, four, five, six… plus yourself, seven ponies? And lickety split?" she asked skeptically.
"Oh, Applejack," Rarity laughed. "You make it sound as if it's going to be hard."
After her friends left to get back to their normal activities and let both Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie know about the dressmaking, Rarity went to work on designing and making the six dresses, singing while Opalescence did her best to stay out of the way.
"Thread by thread, stitching it together. Twilight's dress, cutting out the pattern snip by snip. Making sure the fabric folds nicely. It's the perfect color and so hip. Always gotta keep in mind my pacing. Making sure the clothes' correctly facing. I'm stitching Twilight's dress. Yard by yard, fussing on the details. Jewel neckline, don't you know a stitch in time saves nine? Make her something perfect to inspire. Even though she hates formal attire. Gotta mind those intimate details. Even though she's more concerned with sales. It's Applejack's new dress. Dressmaking's easy, for Pinkie Pie something pink. Sunrise blossom, something with flowers. Fluttershy something breezy. Blend color and form, do you think it looks cheesy?" she asked her cat, who shook her head. "Something brash, perhaps quite fetching. Hook and eye, couldn't you just simply die? Making sure it fits forelock and crest. Don't forget some magic in the dress. Even though it rides high on the flank. Rainbow won't look like a tank. I'm stitching Rainbow's dress. Piece by piece, snip by snip. Croup, dock, haunch, shoulders, hip. Thread by thread, primmed and pressed. Yard by yard, never stressed. And that's the art of the dress!"
One week later, Rarity invited her friends back into her shop and, after insisting that they needed to keep their eyes shut, lead them into her sewing room. "That's it. Keep them closed. Don't look. Okay, you can look now!" she ordered.
The six ponies opened their eyes and they gasped: on six of the mannequins were six beautiful dresses for each of them!
"These are your new outfits," Rarity said proudly. "What do you think of your old duds now, Applejack? Pretty swanky, are they not?" She nodded to the dress that was green with an elegant brown saddle, small red apples on the end of the skirt, on the collar, and gold tassels with the front boots matching perfect, and a new cowboy hat with red apples on the brim. "And Twilight! I made this dress for you and I designed each outfit theme to perfectly reflect each pony's unique personality." She beamed at the slightly dark blue dress that was adorn with silver, purple, and blue stars. "Sunrise, your new gown goes so well with your own style perfect." The dress in question was similar to that of Twilght's only it was a light orange adorn with red roses instead of stars. "Oh, it took me forever to get the colors right on this one, Rainbow Dash, but I did it. Oh, and it turned out beautiful, don't you think?" And the amazing dress was made out of rainbow fabric with puffy lace to resemble clouds, purple gems designed to look a bunch of grapes on the front, a gold wreath on the head, and gold ballet slippers. "And I know you are going to love yours, Fluttershy. It just sings spring!" The dress was a lovely shade of green with blue lining, blue blue butterflies, some flowers, and slippers shaped like vines. "And Pinkie Pie, look! Pink! Your favorite! Aren't they all amazing?" And the last dress certainly had a fun and beautiful candy theme with the pink, blue, candy pattern, and along with shoes, a hat as well.
While five of the ponies were trying to find their voices, Sunrise Blossom walked over to her friend and voiced what she was thinking. "They're wonderful, Rarity, and perfect for the dance," she stated, since it was true. "What do you guys, think?" she asked.
"Wow… They're…" Twilight Sparkle stammered, unsure of what to say.
Rainbow Dash nodded, trying to think of what to say, too. "Yeah, they're…"
"They sure are… somethin'," said Applejack uncertainly.
Twilight Sparkle nodded. "Yes! Something."
"I love something!" Pinkie Pie said quickly. "Something is my favorite!"
"It's… nice," Fluttershy said finally.
"But what's the matter?" Rarity asked, exchanging a confused look with Sunrise Blossom. "Don't you like them?"
"They're very nice…" said Twilight Sparkle slowly.
Applejack nodded. "And we're plumb grateful 'cause you worked so hard on them."
"Mine's just not as cool as I was imagining," Rainbow Dash said bluntly and she got a sharp look from her friends. "She asked."
"I guess what we're all saying is that they're just not what we had in mind," Twilight Sparkle admitted and the four ponies nodded in agreement.
'I can't believe this,' Sunrise Blossom thought, covering her face with her hoof, realizing where this was going. 'These dress are perfect! Why can't they see that?'
Rarity was taken aback, but she recovered quickly. "That's okay. Not a problem," she said confidently. "There's plenty more where that came from. They were only a first pass. You're my friends and I want you to be 110% satisfied. Not to worry, I'll redo them."
"Oh, Rarity," said Fluttershy. "You don't have to do that. They're fine."
"I want them to be better than just fine," Rarity insisted. "I want you to think they're absolutely perfect."
"Are you sure?" Applejack asked. "I mean, we wouldn't wanna impose."
"Oh, it's no imposition," Rarity said reassuringly. "Really, I insist."
"Well, in that case… Thank you again, Rarity," said Twilight Sparkle and she left with Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie.
Sunrise Blossom started to leave when she heard Rarity muttering "What have I gotten myself into?" and she turned back to her friend, who was starting to take apart all her hard work. "Rarity, you know that your dresses are perfect just the way they are?" she asked.
Rarity paused in her work and looked at her concerned friend. "I thought they were," she confessed, "but now I'm not so sure."
"Rarity, you do amazing work and like I said before, my dress for the Gala is perfect," Sunrise Blossom stressed. "You don't have to make any changes to it, and I'm sure in time, our friends will realize the same thing."
Rarity smiled slightly. "Thank you, Sunrise."
A/N: Sunrise Blossom here, Dede42 is still chasing Rainbow Dash around, so it looks like I'm gonna have to step in, and I really do love the dress that Rarity made for me to wear to the Grand Galloping Gala, it's the other girls who are gonna have to learn a lesson this time around. R&R everyone!